Friday, December 02, 2011

The F-35 - "It Sucks the Wind Out of Your Lungs"

The Pentagon's F-35 programme director wants to slow down production because of the mass of problems turning up in testing.

"The analyzed hot spots that have arisen in the last 12 months or so in the program have surprised us at the amount of change and at the cost,' U.S. Navy Vice Admiral David Zenlet said in an interview with Web-based publication AOL Defense. 

"'Most of them are little ones. But when you bundle them all up and package them, and look at where they are in the airplane and how hard they are to get at after you buy the jet, the cost burden of that is what sucks the wind out of your lungs,' Zenlet added.

'I believe it's wise to sort of temper production for a while here, until we get some of these heavy years of learning under our belt and get that managed right,' he said.

Heavy "years of learning"?  Yeah, that's right.  This dog is years away from being remotely capable of serving anyone's air force and that goes in spades for Canada's.

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